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[frawst, frost] /frɔst, frɒst/
Robert (Lee) 1874–1963, U.S. poet. Unabridged
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  • There are others, however, who may not be imitators of robert frost, but who seem as if they were.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
British Dictionary definitions for robert frost


a white deposit of ice particles, esp one formed on objects out of doors at night See also hoarfrost
an atmospheric temperature of below freezing point, characterized by the production of this deposit
degrees below freezing point: eight degrees of frost indicates a temperature of either –8°C or 24°F
(informal) something given a cold reception; failure
(informal) coolness of manner
the act of freezing
to cover or be covered with frost
(transitive) to give a frostlike appearance to (glass, etc), as by means of a fine-grained surface
(transitive) (mainly US & Canadian) to decorate (cakes, etc) with icing or frosting
(transitive) to kill or damage (crops, etc) with frost
Derived Forms
frostlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English frost; related to Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German frost; see freeze


Sir David (Paradine). born 1939, British television presenter and executive, noted esp for political interviews
Robert (Lee). 1874–1963, US poet, noted for his lyrical verse on country life in New England. His books include A Boy's Will (1913), North of Boston (1914), and New Hampshire (1923)
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Word Origin and History for robert frost



Old English forst, frost "a freezing, becoming frozen, extreme cold," from Proto-Germanic *frusta- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German frost, Middle Dutch and Dutch vorst), related to freosan "to freeze," from PIE *preus- "to freeze; burn" (see freeze (v.)). Both forms of the word were common in English till late 15c.; the triumph of frost may be due to its similarity to the forms in other Germanic languages.


1630s, from frost (n.). Related: Frosted; frosting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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robert frost in Medicine

frost (frôst)
A deposit of minute ice crystals formed when water vapor condenses at a temperature below freezing.

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robert frost in Science
A deposit of tiny, white ice crystals on a surface. Frost forms through sublimation, when water vapor in the air condenses at a temperature below freezing. It gets its white color from tiny air bubbles trapped in the ice crystals. See more at dew point.
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Slang definitions & phrases for robert frost



  1. A total failure; something not well received: My idea was a dismal frost (1885+)
  2. Social hauteur; chill; cold shoulder: He smiled at her and got frost (1635+)


  1. : For nifty Mame has frosted me complete (1896+)
  2. To anger; irritate: That tone of voice really frosts me (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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robert frost in the Bible

(Heb. kerah, from its smoothness) Job 37:10 (R.V., "ice"); Gen. 31:40; Jer. 36:30; rendered "ice" in Job 6:16, 38:29; and "crystal" in Ezek. 1:22. "At the present day frost is entirely unknown in the lower portions of the valley of the Jordan, but slight frosts are sometimes felt on the sea-coast and near Lebanon." Throughout Western Asia cold frosty nights are frequently succeeded by warm days. "Hoar frost" (Heb. kephor, so called from its covering the ground) is mentioned in Ex. 16:14; Job 38:29; Ps. 147:16. In Ps. 78:47 the word rendered "frost" (R.V. marg., "great hail-stones"), _hanamal_, occurs only there. It is rendered by Gesenius, the Hebrew lexicographer, "ant," and so also by others, but the usual interpretation derived from the ancient versions may be maintained.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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